Memorise faster: the science of learning

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There’s a new science to learning.

You will be shocked at how much time you can save.

Start with this article on the best way to memorise, or go deeper by browsing my recommended memory books and resources, best blog articles and podcast episodes below.

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51 PROVEN Study Tips For Students (That Work Like A Charm In 2023)

51 PROVEN Study Tips For Students (That Work Like A Charm In 2023)

These are the BEST exam study tips to help students build effective study skills. They’re simple, fast, and actionable, and based on the latest science. I'm a memory psychologist and study productivity expert, and have taught thousands of students how to study more...

What Is Chunking & How To Use This Powerful Memory Strategy

What Is Chunking & How To Use This Powerful Memory Strategy

For most of us, our memories have their limits! Chunking helps you overcome the natural limitations of your memory, and is therefore a very powerful trick for helping you to learn information and get it into memory. Read on to discover what chunking is, and to explore...

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Maths Mnemonics Showdown: PEMDAS vs BODMAS for Calculation Mastery

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PEMDAS, GEMDAS, BIDMAS and BODMAS. It sounds like the start of a wacky kids TV show tune … but they’re all actually clever mnemonics – acronyms to be exact – to help you remember one thing: the order of operations for mathematical calculations. Confused? Not for much...

Six Top Note Taking Strategies for College Students

Six Top Note Taking Strategies for College Students

Effective note-taking is one of the most important skills to master as a (new) university or college student – or at any stage of your academic career! So you need a good note-taking strategy. Why bother nailing down a proven, effective note-taking method? Taking...

28 GENIUS Study Hacks To Save You Time (& Score Top Grades In Exams)

28 GENIUS Study Hacks To Save You Time (& Score Top Grades In Exams)

The best way to learn is smarter, not harder. And you can easily make that change, today, with these 28 clever study and exam hacks! Trust me, these study hacks contain all the best, most cunning, secret tricks and shortcuts you can use to: Increase your productivity...

John Dunlosky: Study Like A Champ [PODCAST]

Professor John Dunlosky is a veritable giant in the world of learning science: So tune in to find out ALL his thoughts on popular - and effective - study strategies!Today, we're welcoming giant of the "science of effective study" world, Professor John Dunlosky, to...

Five Fun Memory Effects & How They Can Help Your Studying [PODCAST]

Five Fun Memory Effects & How They Can Help Your Studying [PODCAST]

Explore the psychology behind five fun memory "hacks" you can use to improve your studying!Today, I wanted to share 5 fun little features of memory that psychologists have figured out over the years, and how we can use them to help "hack" the learning process. Enjoy!...

Five Fun Memory Effects & How They Can Help Your Studying [PODCAST]

Retrieval Practice: The Ultimate Guide [PODCAST]

What is retrieval practice? I'm breaking down exactly how to unleash the immense power of this must-know memory strategy!So what is retrieval practice? The most important thing I can teach you is to use retrieval practice a lot and to use it well. So that's what I'm...

Visual Learning & Dual Coding – With Oliver Caviglioli [PODCAST]

Visual Learning & Dual Coding – With Oliver Caviglioli [PODCAST]

The real science of "visual learning strategies" and "dual coding". Learn how to use them to supercharge your learning, with respected teaching and learning expert Oliver Caviglioli. There’s no such thing as a “visual learner”. The idea that some of us are “visual...

Useful tools

  • Popular flashcards apps for learning: Anki, Brainscape, Quizlet.
  • Buy physical paper flashcards: I was weirdly excited to see Amazon still stocks the exact flashcard make that I used to buy as a student! I was a bit picky – you want a good quality of paper, the right size, and a spine that’s not so bulky that it’s uncomfortable to write on the back of a card when it’s flipped over (if you’re right handed, your hand is resting right over the spine at that point). Available in packs of five. Only available in the UK unfortunately – elsewhere, try these.

Recommended books

  • Make It Stick: go deeper on the science of learning – this is a very readable book, almost like a novel. Really excellent.
  • Understanding How We Learn: a superb visual primer on the science of learning – my copy is never far from my desk and is well-thumbed!

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